Hard hats now provide even better protection

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Hard hats now available with Mips multi-directional impact protection.

British hard-hat manufacturer Centurion Safety Products has added a new level of protection to its Nexus helmet.

Centurion Safety Products has signed a deal to adopt the multi-directional impact protection system patented by Swedish helmet technology company Mips.

Mips helmet technology has been around for 20 years and is used by equestrians, skiers and cyclists in their safety helmets to add protection against rotational motion transferred to the brain. But this is a first for construction hard hats.

The Centurion Nexus with Mips helmet technology launches in March 2021, making Centurion the first UK manufacturer to offer Mips helmet technology in a hard hat and the first company globally to incorporate the new Mips ‘cradle’ rotational impact protection system into its helmets.

In contrast with helmets that use only a foam liner to reduce impact shock, the Centurion Nexus has a liner and six-point cradle system, which acts as a secondary layer, offering additional head protection.

It is designed to decrease any rotational motion transferred to the head from oblique impacts. The Mips Low Friction Layer allows the head to move inside the helmet – 10-15 mm relative motion in all directions – on certain angled impacts, which can redirect the harmful rotational motion otherwise transferred to the head. [See mipsprotection.com/how-mips-works for further details.]

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